Eminem

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Born Marshall Mathers III, Eminem overcame a difficult childhood to become the most critically acclaimed white rapper of his time. But while some people have labeled him a genius, others have called for his music to be banned. Eminem examines the remarkable life of a controversial yet undeniably talented artist who pushed creative envelopes and broke racial boundaries to become one of hip-hop's greates stars.
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Overview

Born Marshall Mathers III, Eminem overcame a difficult childhood to become the most critically acclaimed white rapper of his time. But while some people have labeled him a genius, others have called for his music to be banned. Eminem examines the remarkable life of a controversial yet undeniably talented artist who pushed creative envelopes and broke racial boundaries to become one of hip-hop's greates stars.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Marshall Mathers, best known by his alias Eminem, overcame a tough childhood to rise to international stardom as the most popular Caucasian rapper of his time. Raised by an abusive, drug-using, mentally-ill mother, the early life of Marshall Mathers was marked by constant relocations, evictions, violence, and depression. This illustrated chapter book biography, part of the "Hip Hop Stars" series, traces the controversial rapper's exposure to hip hop by his Uncle Ronnie to his early days in the Detroit club scene. Eminem's creation of his angry, evil alter ego Slim Shady catapulted him into worldwide popularity with some, while offending others with his misogynistic and homophobic lyrics. On the heels of critical and popular acclaim, Eminem's already unstable personal life spiraled downward as his mother sued him, he divorced his wife, and he was arrested for brandishing a firearm at a rival rapper. After the poor reception of his fourth album, Eminem turned his talents to producing other rappers on his label and focused his energies on raising his daughter. Considering the age of the intended audience, it is no surprise that this biography edits the profanity from Eminem's quotes and lyrics, while also downplaying the darker side of his music as the product of his alter ego—not anything he personally believes or supports. The author explains why Eminem's music and lyrics resonate with a wide range of listeners and how he became so popular, and deals cautiously with the issue of race. By including an introduction to hip-hop by rap legend Chuck D, boxed short articles about high-interest topics mentioned within the biography's text, full-color photos, a glossary, an index, a timeline, discography, filmography, bibliography, and list of resources, the book provides excellent support material and helpful information for those who want to learn more about Eminem. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791094792
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Hip-Hop Stars Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Hip-Hop: A Brief History   Chuck D     6
Who Is He?     11
Childhood     20
Rock Bottom     28
The Birth of Slim Shady     41
I'm Just Marshall Mathers     56
The Eminem Show     70
Just Lose It     79
The End of Slim Shady?     85
Discography     90
Chronology     91
Glossary     94
Bibliography     95
Further Reading     97
Index     99
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